WORK AND PLAY
The atomic dichotomy between work and play
Is gradually being superseded
By a bias for play ... that may yet turn into
An exclusive concern with play, or recreation,
At the expense of work.
If the pagan age was partial to work,
And the Christian age to a compromise
Between work and play, then we needn't doubt
That the coming transcendental age
Will be partial to play, as was already the case
In the late-twentieth century where
Large numbers of people were concerned,
Not least among those who had no work
Because they were unemployed, and consequently
Read books and/or magazines,
Listened to music and/or voice recordings,
Watched television and/or video,
Played slot machines and/or computer games.
Play is no bad thing if it brings one closer to being,
Takes one further away from
The historical curse of work.
The work/play dichotomy is, after all, equivalent
To an atomic/neutron distinction,
And whilst a compromise between the two
Will be relevant to an atomic age,
It can only become increasingly irrelevant
As time advances towards a free-electron age
In which not worldly compromise
But heavenly absolutism is the social norm,
In deference to theocratic criteria.
Beingful play, then, will be the future norm -
At least as far as the masses are concerned.
For not all men are the same,
And while the majority may prefer to play,
A minority will favour work, if of a beingful nature.
These are, of course, the leaders,
The shepherds to the flock,
And while they are largely responsible
For the creation of new 'promised lands'
Of the spirit, they don't care or dare
To enter them personally, leaving
Their enjoyment to the people.